Squeeze, Paddle, and Soak: The Ultimate Kayaking Adventure with Taupo Kayaking Adventures:

As the year winds down and the pressures of the corporate world accumulate, it becomes essential to find an escape that not only refreshes the body but also invigorates the spirit. Enter the “Squeeze Trip” by Taupo Kayaking Adventures—an unparalleled kayak tour that takes you through the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Waikato River and into the heart of paradise itself, promising an unforgettable journey of exploration and rejuvenation.

Embarking on the Squeeze Trip:

Our journey begins at the iconic Tutukau Bridge, the gateway to an adventure that unfolds through the breathtaking scenery of the gorge and the hidden wonders of Orakei Korako, a geothermal park boasting gushing geysers, silica terraces, and bubbling mud pools—all enjoyed from the comfort of your kayak.

The Squeeze Challenge:

Midway through our adventure, we present the Squeeze Challenge—a unique and exhilarating experience. Disembark from your kayak into knee-deep water and traverse a narrow gap in the cliff faces. Maneuver through narrow crevasses, climb boulders, and wade through warm waist-deep water until you emerge in the stunning native New Zealand bush. Here, you can stand under hot flowing waterfalls and even relax in the thermal waters of a naturally heated bathing pool after a small climb.

Paddling to Paradise Valley:

Having conquered the Squeeze Challenge, we return to our kayaks to continue our journey down to Paradise Valley. Picture a vast lagoon surrounded by natural farmland and forest, with offshoots of hot thermal water leading into Lake Ohakuri. Glide across the hot pools, feel the warmth beneath you, and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of this unique environment.

What to Expect:

  • No experience necessary: All trips are guided, and full instructions are provided.
  • Safe and easy: Our double kayaks are suitable for everyone, ensuring a secure and enjoyable experience.
  • Family-friendly: Children under 12 are welcome with an accompanying adult.
  • Duration: Allow approximately 5 hours (3 hours on the water).

Tours Include:

  • Professional qualified guides
  • Full instruction and tuition
  • Quality kayaking and safety equipment
  • Gourmet refreshments
  • Complimentary photos via our Facebook page
  • Transport to and from the start point (on request)

Operating Months & Time:

  • Summer months only: December to April
  • 9 am start, approximately 5-6 hours in total


  • NZD $290 per person for 1-2 people (minimum 2 people to run tour)
  • NZD $275 per person for 3 people
  • NZD $260 per person for 4 plus people

Meeting Point:

Unit 2, 876 Acacia Bay Road, Acacia Bay, Taupo

Make your reservation today and dive into an adventure that transcends the ordinary—where squeezing through cliffs and paddling through paradise become the highlight of your year. Contact Taupo Kayaking Adventures to embark on a journey that promises not just activities but lasting memories for your team or a unique Christmas celebration that will be talked about long after the festivities.